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Héctor Cúper: Salah is one of the best players in the world

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coach believes that the Pharaohs are able to beat Portugal if they get another chance.

The Pharaohs suffered a 2-1 loss to the European champions on Friday but despite the result many were pleased with the team’s display, including national team coach Héctor Cúper.

The Argentinian is usually criticised for his over-reliance on Liverpool winger , which led him to respond to these claims.

“I always think about the team as a whole, I like to see a unity in my team, because just as Salah needs the team, the team needs Salah,” he told OnSport TV channel

“Salah is not our only chance to win, we can’t deny his quality and I can’t say that if Salah is not here it does not cause a problem. He’s one of the top three players in the world.

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“I hope everyone is happy with our performance. On a certain day the result may be enough and sometimes we want to enjoy the game, that’s the balance we want to reach,” he added.

“Sometimes the fans of a specific team want their players to participate, and that’s understandable. People sometimes ask for more attacking play from the team, that is why people were happy with our performance against Portugal, whom we can compare to Germany or Brazil because they are European champions,” he confirmed.

“We played wonderfully, and if we could face them two days later, we may fix some things and win this time.

He added that the current generation of players is believed to be “one of the best in the history of Egypt” as most of the players in the national team play abroad and have got experience despite their young age.

“Those are the best players in Egypt, we have reached a level of humility, respect and freedom in the exchange of views and work integrity which is wonderful. Egypt is bigger than all of us and our goal is always the challenge,” he added.

Egypt will be facing Greece on Tuesday in their second and final game of this international break. This could be an opportunity for the coaching staff to give the rest of the players who did not appear against Portugal a chance to prove their worthiness to be on the plane to Russia.

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